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August 3, 2015
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A government contractor, several of whose employees were caught on video drunk while on a sensitive security mission in Afghanistan, now is being used to help fix the security breach at the Office of Personnel Management. “What are they thinking?” asked Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who wants to know how the company got its contract from the OPM with no competitive bidding. “What in this company’s background gave them assurances that they are the company that can handle this incredibly...

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July 28, 2015
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Greece’s former finance minister was ready to hack into the country’s tax-collection system as part of contingency planning for a possible exit from the euro. The hacking was part of a “Plan B” hatched by Yanis Varoufakis to create a parallel currency in case Greece was unable to agree on a new bailout with its creditors. Varoufakis resigned on July 5 as the financial crisis spiraled out of control. He described the plan during a teleconference with investors earlier this month. A recording...

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July 27, 2015
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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will recall 1.4 million vehicles that can be cyber-hacked remotely, the first-of-its-kind callback. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it will look into the recall to ensure all vehicles that could be affected are covered. “Opening this investigation will allow NHTSA to better assess the effectiveness of the remedy proposed by Fiat Chrysler,” NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind said, acknowledging the agency had urged the move. Owners will get a...

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July 9, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

The hacks at the Office of Personnel Management may have compromised the data of 32 million current, former and prospective federal employees. The figure, cited by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, was included in OPM’s budget proposal for the next fiscal year and is nearly double the previously reported estimate of about 18 million. It also could include potential military...

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June 19, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

The PureFunds ISE Cyber Security ETF (ticker symbol HACK), which offers investors exposure to the emerging cybersecurity industry, has surpassed $1 billion in assets under management only seven months after its inception. “Due to the steady stream of data breaches across the globe, cybersecurity remains a top-of-mind concern for corporate entities, governments and individuals,” said Andrew Chanin, CEO of PureFunds. “We believe that the increased...

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June 18, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

Several Canadian government websites and servers were taken down in a cyber attack, with hacking group Anonymous taking responsibility in what it said was retaliation for a new anti-terrorism law. The general website for government services, canada.ca, as well as the site of Canada’s spy agency, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, were among those hit. The government said the attack also affected email and Internet access but...

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April 8, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

Ringing their Bell: Canada’s Office of the Privacy Commissioner is not satisfied with Bell Canada’s commitment to seek customer consent before tracking cell phone use to deliver targeted online advertising. The company said it would accept the commissioner’s recommendation to get explicit consent or opt-in before using private viewing patterns and sensitive personal data to create profiles sold to advertisers. Bell...

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